Rejecting a science panel’s warning that the North Carolina coast should prepare for an increasingly rapid rise in sea level later in this century, a Senate committee on Thursday endorsed far-reaching rules that would force planning and regulatory agencies to base sea-level forecasts only on the slower rates recorded in the past.
“If you’re going to use science when you really can’t validate it, … you’re going to be implementing policy and rules and regulations that can have a very, very negative impact on the coastal economy of this state,” said Sen. David Rouzer, a Benson Republican who championed the legislation and is running for Congress. Read more here on the bill being ridiculed worldwide.
More political news:
--A gun bill left over from the flurry of gun bills that cleared the General Assembly last year was resurrected Thursday. This one, HB111, would allow anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to bring that gun into a restaurant that serves alcohol, which is currently illegal.
--Gov. Bev Perdue said Thursday she’d like to see video sweepstakes outlawed once and for all, but as long as they’re legal, she wants to tax the games to fund the state’s public schools. As budget talks continue in the Republican-led General Assembly, Perdue challenged lawmakers to squeeze a new source of state revenue out of the sweepstakes games.
--Spared the death penalty Thursday, Jason Williford raised his head and looked into the eyes of his victim’s daughter, hearing her poised but anguished words on his way to a life behind bars. He will spend the rest of his life in prison for the killing of state school board member Kathy Taft.